Interview with Tyra Wilson

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was an urban drama called Twins of the Town. I typed it on a word processor my mother bought me that came with the separate computer monitor. My mother had to pry me off that thing.
What is your writing process?
I brainstorm first of course, then I decipher what I want the climax to actually be. I work from the middle of my book out, starting with the climax, then working on the end, then I go back to complete the beginning and then the prologue/epilogue if added. Prior to that, I decide what town(s) my story is going to take place and do the proper research for venues, restaurants, parks, hang out spots, etc. so that my readers can actually feel like they are there, if at all familiar with the area being read about.
How do you approach cover design?
I base my cover design on the plot of the story and the description of my characters. All of my characters are described based off of people I know. That way, if I ever need someone to pose for the cover for a specific story, I wont have too far to look outside of my friends and family. For example, this story is a murder mystery involving detectives, etc. so I figured that somewhere there should be police tape and/or a crime scene on the cover with those who look familiar to characters described in my novel.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Im the old school reader so I prefer books. There's nothing like turning the page of a good mystery. I actually don't own a e-reader, but if I had to choose, I'd go with a kindle fire. A friend of mine has one and its starting to grow on me :-)
Describe your desk
My laptop is on a dock with a wireless mouse and keyboard. Wireless all in one printer on the right side and the paper stacked neatly on the ledge under. Its pretty neat and organized, unlike my life lol
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a little all over the place. Never really stayed anywhere longer than 4-5 years, so in turn, I changed friends like baby diapers which to this day left me a bit reserved and anti-social. This influenced my writing because I imagined things a lot and how life would be in other cities/states. So I guess you can say, I live life through my writings.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first poem at the age of 12 when my father passed away. I still write poetry every now and then but really have to be inspired, as poetry was my initial outlet for getting things off my chest so before 2002, aside from the poem I read at my fathers funeral, no one ever saw my writings or knew I was interested in writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Changes of the times. I consulted with Omar Tyree at one point and he advised me that self publishing is the way to go these days so I did the proper research and here I am.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
being able to think about anything, anywhere and make it into a story for readers to escape from their everyday lives. Allowing the imagination to run freely to sum it up.
What do your fans mean to you?
My pure existence. If not for the support and constructive criticism from them, where would I be?
What are you working on next?
As of now, its a toss up between a new urban fiction novel about the life and times of Evelyn Edgars, a streetwise kid from Baltimore who is shipped to Chicago to live after her father, Caleb gets into a life or death brawl with his rival, Cobra. While in Chicago, she is living with her Uncle Don P, who is also in the drug game, grooming her to take over her fathers empire. That's all I can give away for now but, I haven't decided yet, but there is always a Truth Beyond our Trust so you never know what other lies come to light with the Truths and Trusts crew.
Published 2013-10-15.
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Books by This Author

Truths and Trusts
Price: $11.99 USD. Words: 119,500. Language: American English. Published: October 15, 2013. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Mystery & detective, Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Truths and Trusts is an urban mystery following 3 best friends living in different areas of the United States. Unbeknownst to each other, they’ve ALL been keeping secrets from the others. Lies are exposed in Miami when the three of them go on a month long vacation to celebrate their birthdays which ultimately turns tragic and is the beginning of the end of more than one friendship.